Manchester Pools reopen after contamination scare

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MANCHESTER, MO (KTVI) – The three pools at the Manchester Aquatic Center were shut down as a precaution after St. Louis County Health Department officials discovered a recent swimmer tested positive for the cryptosporidiosis parasite.  They wanted make sure it was clear and safe for swimmers before opening the gates. Carrie Dickhanas with the health department says crews performed a hyper-chlorination cleaning to keep the powerful parasite from spreading.

‘We got a report that someone had cryptosporidiosis and had been swimming in the pool last week. Cryptosporidiosis is resistant to normal disinfectant levels. It`s an intestinal parasite it can cause gastrointestinal symptoms.’ Dickhanas said

Meanwhile, Manchester official Andy Hixson says they`re giving flyers to swimmers with tips on how to stay safe before you get into the water.

‘We were shut down, since then we have treated the pool with chemicals. They came back tested it again and we are free to swim.’ Said Hixson

Manchester is not the only pool with testing issues. There are a total of 900 public pools in St. Louis County and 40 are tested every week. So far 160 pools have been checked this year and 29 had bad bacteria another 5 tested positive for e-coli. Swimmers are warned to shower before jumping into the pool.  The decontamination process can take from 1 to 2 days depending on the size of the pool. Municipalities are also responsible for testing their own pools daily for safety and chlorination issues.

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